When you smile, you may not always be conscious of how your smile looks. In fact, many patients are surprised when they finally realize that their teeth no longer seem as bright as they used to, or are slightly out of alignment. In some cases, improving a smile can require one or more personalized cosmetic treatments. However, sometimes, keeping up with your smile’s outward appearance doesn’t necessarily require dental treatment. With the right care and maintenance, you can enjoy a more attractive smile longer, and prolong the need for cosmetic dentistry.
Smile with Confidence Again
- Keep your teeth clean – Clean teeth aren’t just healthy, they’re also more attractive. Plaque and tartar (the products of oral bacteria) can affect the appearance of your teeth as it accumulates on their surfaces. Be sure to keep plaque under control by brushing your teeth at least twice every day and flossing at least once.
- Feed your teeth what they need – Healthy teeth need more than just good cleaning. They also need minerals and nutrients to remain strong and repel the harmful oral bacteria that could endanger them. For instance, calcium and vitamin D are essential to keeping your tooth enamel (the surface layers of your teeth), so be sure your diet includes plenty of both.
- Stick to preventive checkups and cleanings – Cosmetic dental treatment isn’t always necessary, but keeping your smile safe from things that can affect its appearance requires regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist. Your visits give your dentist the chance to remove traces of plaque and tartar, and to check for other issues that could impact how your smile looks.
Learn More About Improving Your Smile’s Appearance
Improving and maintaining your smile’s appearance can be as important as keeping up with good hygiene and preventive dental care. To learn more about how to stop it and save your tooth, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.